Sri Lanka joined MMM for the first time in 2019, despite a challenging period in their country

28th October 2019Lisa Woodward

Sri Lanka joined MMM for the first time in 2019, despite a challenging period in their country

In 2019, the ISH welcomed Sri Lanka to May Measurement Month for the first time.  Sadly the MMM Sri Lanka team were faced with difficult circumstances, as the Country and World were shocked, just days before the start of MMM, by the news of the devastating Easter bombings on the 21st April.

Undeterred and focussing on the importance of raising awareness of the risk of raised blood pressure in their country, the team set about activating their MMM plan.  Ensuring the safety of volunteers and participants they continued with their campaign and brought great ingenuity to the MMM, with blood pressure screening centres in many places from hospitals waiting rooms, to temples and even driving examination centres.  Many organisations got behind MMM including: Sri Lanka Society of Internal Medicine(SLSIM), Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health, University of Peradeniya, Faculty of medicine, University of Peradeniya, Faculty of medicine, University of Jaffna, Faculty of Medicine, University of Batticaloe and Servier Pharma-SriLanka.

(Photos from Colombo, Jaffna, Matara and Kandy)

Country Leader Dr Wasantha P Dissanayake stated, “In the central province of Kandy, we recruited 800 people in private hospitals, Government Hospitals and the government transport board examination centre.  Around 18 volunteers also participated from the department of Nursing and Allied Health organized by Mrs Renu Kalhari. In the Northern province of Jaffna we recruited nearly 250 people from temples and private hospital visitors. In the Western province, 310 people from hospital visitors and people attending Temples were recruited.  In the Southern province 181 people of Matara hospital visitors and in the Eastern province of Batticaloe 502 people were recruited.

 

We would like to thank the following volunteers for making MMM happen:

Northern Province
Dr Angel R Rajadurai
Dr Sansicca Nawaratnam
Dr Sajihan Kajen
Mr T Thuwakaran
Central Province
Mr RMKD Rajapakse
Mr GMM Bandara
Mr YUMY Gunasinghe
Mr SMSG Sandanayake
Mr DMTB Kumara
Mr AAKN Herath
Mr KKA Karunarathna
Mr KWMDE Kotandeniya
Mr BSL Karunarathne
Mr RDCK Rajamuni
Mr RWAS Rathnayake
Mr ARADK Abesinghe
Mr RMWTP Rajapakse
Mr RMDK Rajapakse
Mr GMM Bandara
Mr MYM Yesha Gunasinghe
Mr NT Wijesinghe
Mr EMTS Amarasinghe
Mr MGIH Bandara
Mr PACP Pathiraja
Mr JBPS de Silva
Mr MCN Bandara
Ms Sobika Sivarasa
Sirimavo Bandaranayke Hospital-Central Province
Dr Mrs Jayani Ranathunga
Ms PMV samarakoon
Mrs HRNM Peris
Mrs RPM Niroshana
Mrs SPA Nishamalie
Mrs TMRD Inoka Dilrukshi
Mrs DMD Dilrukshika Dissanayake
Mrs MAC Kumari
Southern Province
Miss Yavuni A Mapalagama
Mr saneth T Mapalagama
Miss Pabodha Prasadi
Miss Pubudini Gamhewage
Miss hansani S Devindi
Mr Chamika Gallage
Mr dammika T Ekanayake
Mr janidu W gamage
Mr jayan janindu
Western Province
Dr Omali A Jayawikrama
Dr Samantha Liyanage
Dr Waruna Gunathilake
Mr L Gunathilake
Mr AVD Yasara Atapaththu
MrSR Wragala
Mr ATV Atapaththu
Mr CNB Kaluhendiwela
Mr P Sayakkarage
Mr KKDR Praveen
Mr M Rathnayake
Ms Chamini D Hewabatagoga
Mr DDPH Liyanage
Western Province Sri Jayawardanepura Hospital
Dr Ms Chanuki K jayathilake
Dr Ms Hemadri E Jayarathne
Dr Joseph V Eranga
Mrs JDCC Jayakody
Mr P Muralidharan
MrWMPC Bandara
Mrs D Abewikrama
Mrs WS Weerasinghe
Ms MMM Sakunthala
Mrs WMEK WIjerathne
Mrs KK Liyanage
Eastern Province
Dr M Umakanth
Dr G Praneev
Dr P Laxmina
Ms S Tharsini
Ms Karolin Rossairo
Ms M Kasthuri
Ms JJ Alexrina
Ms B Suji

The study was carried out during month of May 2019 in above provinces mostly with the help of volunteers. Mr Palitha Jayathilake and Mr Udaya Jayasooriya from Servier pharma gave all the logistic support for the study.

After MMM, we organized a Dinner for all volunteers, doctors and nurses those who participated for the study in central province and distributed certificate of participation. We have since been handing out more certificates to other volunteers in all other provinces.

As a team we are very thankful to ISH for giving us this opportunity to participate in the MMM study and look forward to involve in future studies.  We’d also like to thank the central Sri Lankan MMM team for making this happen:

Prof Thilak Jayalath-and his son Uvin Jayalath
Prof Udaya Ralapanawa
Dr Mrs Kumudini jayasinghe
DrMrs Maduwanthi Hettiarchchi
Dr Athula Kulasinghe
Dr Suranga Manilgama
Mrs Renu Kalhari

We were also gratefully supported by the following in finding volunteers, translating documents to Sinhala language and entering Data

Dr T Kumanan – Northern Province
Dr K T Sundereshan – Eastern Province
DrMrs Nalayni Rajaratnam – Northern Province
Dr KVC Janaka – Western Province
Dr Waruna Goonathilake – Western Province
Dr Ranjith Paranagama – Sourthern Province
Dr Premasiri Mapalagama – Sourthern Province
Mr Palitha Jayathilake – Servier Pharma
Mr Udaya Jayasooriya – Servier Pharma